He worked for the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in various high level posts, including helping liberalize Japan's telecommunications market, serving as director-general of the ministry, and serving as first secretary of the Japanese mission to the ITU for 3 years, before he moved to the post of ITU secretary-general in 1998.
He was reelected in 2002 for a second term, but was not a candidate for reelection in 2006, since the rules of the ITU do not permit more than 2 consecutive periods as secretary-general.
Awards and Honors
Awarded IEEE Honorary Membership, 2015
- ITU official biography of Utsumi
- Yoshio Utsumi honored with “The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC)
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